A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Update: Kris Kennedy’s winner is EC Smith! Congratulations! Please email me your snailmail info so Kris can send you your spoils. :-)

That’s what my dad would say when I missed a deadline or was otherwise unpunctual. Since he was a railroader, he regarded that sin as only slightly less offensive than the “7 deadlies.” However, I find myself running far behind in my guest blog posts and for that I deeply apologize. My excuse is that I was traveling across country and didn’t have internet access till now.

So I hope my guest, Kris Kennedy, will forgive me for being a couple days behind on her visit here. Help me make it up to her by leaving some great comments, ok?

The Irish WarriorMia: Tell us something unique about you.

Kris: I lead an intentionally quiet, mundane, rather boring-if-viewed-from-the-outside life, so I’m not sure if much I do rates as terribly unique.  :-)  Still, maybe it’s slightly unique that I used to be a psychotherapist, and specialized in working with high-risk, suicidal and para-suicidal, self-harming women.  The work was very fulfilling, and I loved, loved, loved my clients, but it is a draining. With a mom to raise and a writing career to maintain, I had to make some choices.

Mia:  Wow! Sounds like you needed a calm personal life with a professional one so full of upheaval. I can see what drew you to writing and building your own fictional worlds. Please tell us what  made you want to write medievals when the whole world is screaming for Regency?

Kris:  Well, we could call it poor career planning, and it wouldn’t be far off-base.  :-)  I really just started writing because I loved the stories, and I love writing, and I loved the medievals I’d read. Originally, the very first story I ever wrote, was set in the 1760’s, in the colonies.  But then I read a medieval, set in Ireland, and oh boy.   :-)

I think there is something so inherently dramatic and romantic about the middle ages.  Knights, battles, a certain kind of lawlessness that can allow anything to happen…it’s pretty ripe for tension and conflict and sensual energy.

That said, I have snippets of stories set in other eras.  I have easily half written of a story set in 1650’s, as well as a few Revolutionary War era stories, a few georgrain era ones mocked up, and even some contemporaries!   One day, I’ll get to them. :-)

Defiant by Kris KennedyMia: I’m glad you ventured outside the usual historical envelope, Kris. I’m always looking for an out of the box story!

Why do you love the hero in DEFIANT?

Kris:  Oh, my, Jamie.  I love him hard, and it’s because he’s tortured, and capable of such danger and such very, very bad behavior, but he reins it in for honorable reasons.  Even though, ostensibly, he seems perhaps the opposite of honorable.  I love great power honed by great restraint; I find it incredibly potent and sexy.

Mia: Have you ever written a  scene you loved but had to delete?

Kris: You have just described my life.  And you’ve surely described DEFIANT.  :-)  DEFIANT has been revised so many times, I hardly can recall all the permutations.  Let me think . . .

There was a scene where the heroine is watching her home burn down (this could never happen in the story as it stands now)   Jamie, the hero, shows his first glimmer of decency and tenderness.  He’s rather gruff about the whole thing initially, because she’s someone he knows he cannot trust.  But what matters is that he’s patient and kind to a woman who has been thwarting him and might be endangering the realm.

But as they’re laying there in the dark night, after the big emotional upheaval, beside a dying fire, alone in the woods with someone they both mistrust, he points out the stars to her.   It was almost as if the stars were a gift he’d given her.  But of course, it was his tenderness, and all the things implied by her sitting out in the wilderness under the stars.    She’d been forcibly ignoring it, but this brought it all home.  Anyhow, it leads to their first, incredibly passionate, kiss.

That scene, was very hard to cut, although it has no place in this story.   But it’s in my little scene graveyard, and I can already see the story into which it was meant to go.  :-)

Mia: Love that you recycle scenes too! Sometimes, they’re just to good to consign to oblivion. Where can we find out more about you and your books?

Kris: Please do stop by the website: http://kriskennedy.net There’s a newsletter sign-up, and email contacts, as well as recent news and exclusive excerpts.

I’m also at Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KrisKennedy

And Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kris-Kennedy/300051018336

Thanks so much, all you Victorian-loving ladies, for letting me chat with you!  Stop by the website and say hi!

Kris KennedyBIO: Wife, mom and psychotherapist, Kris Kennedy left behind the office for the wilds of medieval England and Ireland.   She now spends time cleaning the wilds of her kitchen and bathroom, writing sexy, adventure-filled historical romances for Pocket Books.  DEFIANT is out now.  Her previous release, THE IRISH WARRIOR, won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Romance in 2008 and made several Best Of lists in 2010, after its June release.

Now it’s your turn! Please leave a comment or question for Kris. And be sure to look for Defiant in your local bookstore!

8 thoughts on “A Day Late and a Dollar Short

  1. mary beth bass says:

    I love loved loved THE IRISH WARRIOR! It reminded me of everything that made me fall in love with romance. It’s a gorgeous book.

    I can’t wait to read DEFIANT!

  2. Jena Lang says:

    Hi Kris – I love your medievals and can’t wait to read DEFIANT. The cover is gorgeous!

  3. catslady says:

    I really, really enjoyed The Conqueror and The Irish Warrior and looking forward to Defiant. What comes after that one?? And you have some of the best covers ever!

  4. Barb Bettis says:

    Hi Kris,

    So great to hear you’re sticking to your medieval guns. I love medievals. And I appreciate the story about the scene you had to cut. I’ve felt that wrenching pain at having to slice a favorite section. Haven’t gotten DEFIANT yet, but I’ll head to the racks this weekend to pick it up. Sounds wonderful. Good Luck with it.

  5. Kat Duncan says:

    Hi Kris, I’m just finishing Defiant now. Love your strong voice and the awesome way you keep the tension high. I’ll definitely be hunting down your back list…!

  6. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Kris,

    I like powerful heros with a softer side. Your books sound like real page-turners. Thanks for sharing with us today.

  7. Kris Kennedy says:

    Glad to meet a medieval-lover! If you read the story, I hope you love it. Another medieval that’s a new release is Margaret Mallory’s The Guardian. (Love to spread the medieval love. :-) )

    Mia, thank-you so much for having me over today!!

  8. EC Smith says:

    I love medievals too. Can’t wait to read Kris’s. Thanks for letting us know about it!

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